SPARE CHANGE: NOTES FROM ANTARCTICA #34, $3 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Aug 25, 2016

I brought this on a two-hour flight to L.A. and didn’t peek inside until I settled into my seat. To be honest, I’m glad I’d brought a backup book, too. I was very excited to tear into this zine. The intro set up the story of a punk house named Antarctica which survived for over fourteen years and held shows for nearly the same amount of time. Years in a punk house are similar to a dog’s years, so to make it almost a decade and a half without being evicted or killing your housemates is as shocking as it is impressive. An example cited in the first page was a January where Antarctica hosted ten shows and eighty-four people over the course of the month. They started numbering each guest to help keep score. Anyways, this zine is excerpts of their kitchen where grateful punks posted thank you notes. It’s like Found magazine in that way, though we know precisely where these letters came from (including house punk #73 and one that has the Hickey symbol on it). Where the zine fell short is not expounding on those stories which I assume the curator was present for. Instead of thirty-eight pages of mostly indecipherable text and silly doodles ripe with inside jokes, I wish the Antarctica house would have let us past the kitchen and further into the history of the home. As someone who has a small collection of very similar notes, a little context goes a long way. Overall entertaining, but it could be a lot more so. –Kayla Greet (Thomas Foote, PO Box 6023, Chattanooga, TN 37401)